No matter your lifestyle, activity level, or profession, you need great-tasting water for your homes or your restaurants and offices.

It’s recommended that adults drink about half their body weight in fluid ounces of water, about 64-125 oz. total! And if you run a business that depends on water for cooking and cleaning, you know how much of a difference great tasting water can make.

If you’re struggling with water that isn’t appealing, let’s take a look at some of the causes and what you can do to fix it!

Why does water taste bad

Anything that smells bad, tastes even worse — and with water, you can’t mask strong chlorine or sulfur smells. From cooking struggles to simply brushing your teeth, bad-tasting water is nothing you want to face every day.

Chemical Causes

Here are some of the things that can cause bad tasting water or water that’s bad for you.

  • Sulfur
  • Chlorine
  • Metallic
  • Tart
  • Other Chemicals


The worst offender, hydrogen sulfide (H2S) causes the rotten egg taste in water. It won’t hurt you, but will cause the most difficulty in day-to-day life!

Chlorine or Chloramines

Water that tastes like a swimming pool is the worst.

Unappealing and not intended to ingest in high quantities, this water issue will need to be addressed. You should contact your water municipalities to see how long the water will taste like chlorine because they often increase chemicals due to a rainy season bringing in too much runoff.


Metallic tasting water is either caused by low pH or higher concentrations of iron, manganese, copper, and zinc. A simple water test can pinpoint the issue that’s causing it. If you have a Reverse Osmosis system, it may not be functioning correctly and throwing the water levels off. If your metallic taste is due to groundwater that is pulling lead and copper from your pipes and into your water, you do not want to continue ingesting it, as it presents a health hazard.


If your water has a tart aftertaste, it may be from tannins, or composting organic matter. It’s very common in well water and will not hurt you — it just doesn’t taste very good!

Other Chemicals

Arsenic (in 1-in-3 NH home wells), Bacteria, PFOA/PFOS, Radon, and other chemicals may not have a smell or taste, but they can cause damage to your health. The best way to ensure you have the cleanest water for your home is to run a water test to see what your family or business clientele is ingesting regularly.

How to Eliminate Chemicals From Water

To eliminate chemicals from your water, you have a few options.

Whole-home Water Filtration Systems removes any lingering groundwater contaminants or chemicals added throughout the treatment process—and sends only pure water to every faucet and appliance in your home.

Reverse Osmosis Systems will only remove chemicals from the water coming through your kitchen faucet — but this can be a great starting system for renters, or is recommended in specific circumstances.

Water Softeners will fix hard water issues, ensuring a better clean while getting rid of strong odors and tastes.

NH Tap whole-home water filtration systems.

Get the best in public water filtration.

Our NH Tap Mainframe Whole House Water Filtration System is customized to order with the correct media mix to remove any chemicals shown to be in tap water.

Learn more about the NH Tap MainFrame Whole House Water Filtration System.

Get the best in well water filtration.

If you live with well water, we have a water system that specifically pinpoints the issues you’re facing and can give you pure water for life!

NH Tap will collect a sample and get you an independent, third-party lab test on your water quality. If your well shows any signs of contamination, NH Tap can put together the right technology to fix your bad water for good.

Explore our NH Tap Absolute Well Water Filtration System for private wells.